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Iowa attorney general: Telemarketer lied about being blind, sale proceeds helping the disabled

By Marian Johns | Feb 13, 2019

DES MOINES — A telemarketer and the Alabama-based telemarketing firm he works for have agreed to settle allegations by the Iowa Attorney General's Office that the solicitor lied about being blind and about sales of products helping those who are disabled.

Federal courts back Justice Department's position in 2 religious liberty cases

By Marian Johns | Feb 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The federal courts have upheld the U.S. Justice Department's (DOJ) positions on two separate cases involving religious liberty issues, according to the department.

Iowa Attorney General's Office reports nearly 20 percent increase in consumer complaints for 2018

By Marian Johns | Jan 23, 2019

The State of Iowa has reported a nearly 20 percent increase in consumer complaints in 2018, especially those relating to cars, home improvement and "imposter scams," according to the state's Attorney General's Office.

IOWA ATTORNEY GENERAL: AG Miller joins $1.5 million settlement with Neiman Marcus over data breach

By Press release submission | Jan 9, 2019

The Neiman Marcus Group LLC has agreed to pay $1.5 million and implement several policies to resolve an investigation with 43 states and the District of Columbia into the 2013 breach of customer payment card data at 77 Neiman Marcus stores in the United States, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller said Tuesday.

U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF IOWA: Owner of Northeast Iowa Organic Grain Brokerage Pleads Guilty to Fraudulent Sales Totaling Nearly $140 Million

By Press release submission | Dec 26, 2018

A Missouri man who fraudulently sold tens of millions of dollars’ worth of non-organic grain as though it was organic pled guilty in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

IOWA ATTORNEY GENERAL: Miller announces $68 million multistate settlement with UBS for manipulating interest rates

By Press release submission | Dec 26, 2018

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced a $68 million, 40-state settlement with UBS for fraudulent conduct involving the manipulation of LIBOR (the London Interbank Offered Rate).

Oakland, California files suit over decision to relocate Raiders football team to Las Vegas

By Bree Gonzales | Dec 24, 2018

OAKLAND, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – Oakland, California has filed a suit against the NFL and others over the decision to relocate the Raiders to Las Vegas, Nevada.

IOWA ATTORNEY GENERAL: Satellite TV companies to pay Iowa $52,000 for consumer fraud violations

By Press release submission | Dec 3, 2018

When shopping for satellite TV providers, consumers need a finely tuned antenna to avoid bad deals.

IOWA ATTORNEY GENERAL: Dairy pays $100,000 penalty for air-quality violations

By Press release submission | Nov 16, 2018

A Northeast Iowa cheesemaker has paid a $100,000 penalty and agreed to install $1.4 million in pollution-control measures after violating air quality limits for 12 years.

Iowa attorney general alleges Belle Plaine resident illegally burned items containing asbestos

By Marian Johns | Nov 13, 2018

DES MOINES — An Iowa resident faces a lawsuit by the state for the alleged illegal burning of items containing asbestos near a residential area, despite his request to burn being denied by county fire officials, the Iowa Attorney General's Office said.

U.S. accuses Swiss company of residential mortgage-backed securities fraud

By Marian Johns | Nov 12, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The federal government is suing a Swiss investment bank and financial services company https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UBS for alleged residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) fraud, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced.

Louisiana company who charged Iowa truckers for updating their USDOT information to issue refunds

By Marian Johns | Sep 7, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) – Owners of Iowa trucking companies will receive funds from a Louisiana company who charged truckers $99 to update their bi-annual information with the U.S. Department of Transportation, which can be done for free on a federal government website.

Iowa attorney general backs new polices to reduce adult smoking rate

By Marian Johns | Aug 10, 2018

DES MOINES — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller has submitted a policy paper to the federal government and public health experts recommending new polices on e-cigarettes and a public information campaign that he says will drive the adult smoking rate below 10 percent over the next three years.

Iowa farm alleges Monsanto is monopolizing dicamba-tolerant seed market

By Bree Gonzales | Jul 16, 2018

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Legal Newsline) – An Iowa farm alleges a biotech company has created a monopolized market of dicamba-tolerant seeds.

Iowa Supreme Court reverses ruling in property owners' case against animal feeding production operators

By Erianne Leatherman | Jul 11, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) – The Iowa Supreme Court has reversed a summary judgment in a case filed by property owners against animal feeding production operators they allege have damaged their property and quality of life.

Railroads avoid $6B Iowa class action over 2008 flood

By Erianne Leatherman | Jul 10, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) – The Iowa Supreme Court has upheld a district court ruling that prohibits a group of property owners from suing railways for damages related to a 2008 Iowa flood.

Illinois, Iowa attorneys general encourage FCC to fight Tribune, Sinclair merger

By Marian Johns | Jun 29, 2018

CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in an effort to stop the proposed merger of the Tribune Media Company and Sinclair Broadcasting Group Inc., which she alleges will limit consumer choice and diversity.

Iowa SC affirms public-duty doctrine bars county from liability in auto accident case; Dissent calls it 'confusing'

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 26, 2018

DES MOINES (Legal Newsline) – The Iowa Supreme Court upheld a district court ruling that the public-duty doctrine barred Humboldt County from liability for the injuries a passenger suffered when a car crashed into a concrete embankment put up by the landowner.

Individuals claim Navient Solutions harassed them with calls over family member's loans

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 15, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) – Two Pennsylvania consumers allege a student loan servicer is unlawfully contacting them regarding a family member's loan.

Iowa attorney general secures $129,855 for consumers allegedly victimized by contractor

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 11, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced June 1 that Joshua Joseph Auten, owner of Over the Top Construction, will pay $129,855 and comply with several requirements after allegations of making misrepresentations to consumers in violation of the state’s Consumer Fraud Act.

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